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A day of backcountry cooking at Black Park

A day of learning to bake, steam, roast and cook on campfires. Starting with bread making, we made an unleavened  dough, baking the bread around the campfire. The campfire oven, a fire pit with hot rocks had been slowly cooking our joint of lamb and now it was time to dig it out, carefully uncovering our roast lunch!

Steaming trout in damp moss over a campfire

Steaming trout in damp moss over a campfire

A selection of fish, tuna and trout were steamed over the fire. Wrapped in burdock leaves, the fish cooked in the steam of the damp moss, creating a delicately cooked fish.

Backcountry cooking, lamb roasted in a fire pit with fresh baked bread

Backcountry cooking, lamb roasted in a fire pit with fresh baked bread

The star attraction, roast lamb cooked in the woods. The lamb was cooked to perfection, eaten with some of the baked bread, no one went hungry. But just in case, there was a variety of items to kebab and then it was on to making drop scones, topped with home made damson jam.

Backcountry cooking; campfire kebabs

Backcountry cooking; campfire kebabs

Girlguiding Survival Camp

It may have been November, but the local Girl Guides were keen to be out side having fun at their ‘survival camp’. The day started with a safety briefing and introduction to the Bushcraft skills they would be learning. The first activity was with learning how to successfully light campfire. The Guides gathered tinder, sticks and branches from the woods and then set about lighting their fires using fire steels. After some practice with the fire steels, each team had a fire.

Children enjoy building shelters and dens in the woods

Children enjoy building shelters and dens in the woods

Next it was shelter building. The shelters were made using the natural resources of the woodland; guidance was on hand at all times.

Girlguiding, Guides had fun making natural shelters

Girlguiding, Guides had fun making natural shelters

It was lovely to see the Guides competitive nature, the youngest team really wanted to have the best shelter and they did a fine job if it too.

Natural shelter building as part of a survivor challenge

Natural shelter building as part of a survivor challenge

Time for a challenge; preparing Rainbow Trout for tea. The Guides gutted and filleted the fish – not everyone was keen at first, but they soon got stuck in and got the job done. The Trout was ponassed over their campfires. Ponassing is a little like a kebab, using a split stick and skewers to support the fish and then the fish is cooked over a bed of embers. Everyone enjoyed their tea of Trout and salad wrapped in a tortilla.

Thank you very much David, the feedback from tonight’s meeting is that the Girl Guides all really enjoyed the Bushcraft, so thank you!